Alloa Athletic 0
Dundee Utd 0
League (Championship)


Alloa Athletic 

0 - 0

Dundee Utd


League (Championship)
Friday, February 14th, 2020
Recreation Park. Att. 1,442
7:05 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
None. None.

Team Managers
Peter Grant Robbie Neilson

Starting Eleven
51. Kieran Wright
18. Blair Malcolm
22. Ben Stirling
4. Robbie Deas
3. Liam Dick
2. Scott Taggart
6. Steven Hetherington
11. Iain Flannigan
7. Kevin Cawley
17. Kevin O'Hara
19. Robert Thomson
Benji Siegrist .1
Paul Watson .44
Jamie Robson .17
Mark Connolly .5
Liam Smith .2
Peter Pawlett .8
Dillon Powers .4
Calum Butcher .18
Ian Harkes .23
Rakish Bingham .14
Lawrence Shankland .24

Bench
9. Liam Buchanan
10. Alan Trouten
15. Lee Connelly
16. Nathan Gilhooley
20. Cameron O'Donnell
21. Andrew Wilson
Deniz Mehmet .13
Mark Reynolds .6
Adrián Sporle .3
Kieran Freeman .22
Lewis Neilson .43
Declan Glass .21
Louis Appéré .27

Substitutions
Lee Connelly for Blair Malcolm (68)
Alan Trouten for Robert Thomson (77)
Adrián Sporle for Ian Harkes (78)

Cautions
Ben Stirling (50) Calum Butcher (42)
Jamie Robson (49)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Steven McLean (Referee)





Match Report


Following the defeat to Arbroath two weeks ago, Head Coach Robbie Neilson made three changes. Paul Watson returned in place of Mark Reynolds in central defence, while Ian Harkes took over from Adrián Spörle in midfield and new signing Rakish Bingham made his debut up front taking over from the injured Osman Sow. Reynolds and Spörle were on the bench along with four Academy Graduates - Declan Glass, Kieran Freeman, Lewis Neilson and Archie Meekison, a last minute call up after Louis Appéré was injured in the warm-up.

Starting purposefully, United immediately had an attempt on goal with Lawrence Shankland spooning a shot over the bar from a Jamie Robson cross. Maintaining the momentum, Shankland had shot blocked after six minutes. The Wasps first foray upfield a couple of minutes late saw Kevin O’Hara send a tame header straight at Benji Siegrist, and the United stopper was called into action again but Kevin Cawley’s shot from the edge of the box was straight at him. On 16 minutes Shankland headed over a Pawlett free-kick as United continued to make most of the running. Midway through the half, United forced their first corner which sparked a spell of sustained pressure but no openings. On 31 minutes, Pawlett had United’s first shot on target but it was easily smothered by goalkeeper Wright. Then a minute later, Ian Harkes turned a dangerous low cross over the bar while under pressure. Skipper Calum Butcher then fired just wide at the other end, but immediately, Alloa threatened at the other end with Robbie Deas header being deflected for a corner. Butcher was booked for a tackle on Iain Flannigan and shortly after Neilson was similarly censured. United finished the half with a bit of a flurry up top putting the Wasps defence under pressure after home keeper Wright flapped at a cross, but as the half time whistle blew, United still couldn’t make their great share of possession count.

The Terrors started the second half with renewed vigour and within two minutes had two shots on target, first was from Bingham and then Shankland. Both were on target and spilled by Wright who was able to collect at the second attempt. Robson became the second United player to be booked and a minute later, Ben Stirling was cautioned for a foul on Pawlett. Despite being much more direct chance were proving elusive. On 61 minutes Mark Connolly was on the end of a Pawlett corner from the left but his header went inches over. However, Alloa still posed a threat as demonstrated by Siegrist keeping out Stirling’s header from a Flannigan corner with his feet two minutes later. There was pressure aplenty in the closing stages but all to no avail with Shankland firing over in the stoppage time, the last throw of the dice.

Match report written by Peter Rundo



Squad Statistics (as at February 14th, 2020)


2019-20 All Time
Age
Benji Siegrist (GK)28 29 - 67 -
Jamie Robson22 26 - 1222
Paul Watson29 191485
Mark Connolly28 181331
Liam Smith23 30 - 30 -
Ian Harkes24 272473
Peter Pawlett29 161333
Calum Butcher28 273735
Dillon Powers29 6 - 6 -
Lawrence Shankland24 29272927
Rakish Bingham26 1 - 1 -
Adrián Sporle (sub)24 153153


Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)






League Table (as at February 14th, 2020)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. United 3 3 0 0 +8 9
2. Arbroath 3 2 0 1 +3 6
3. Ayr Utd 2 1 0 1 +1 3
4. Dunfermline 2 1 0 1 +1 3
5. Alloa Athletic 2 1 0 1 0 3
6. Morton 3 1 0 2 -1 3
7. Dundee 2 1 0 1 -1 3
8. Partick Th 2 1 0 1 -2 3
9. QOS 3 1 0 2 -3 3
10. Inverness CT 2 0 0 2 -6 0